Sunday, January 13, 2013

before sleep takes us

old mill stone

WHACK! my son
takes one in the shoulder
rounding the corner
into our room

a ricochet
off the wall finds my other
where he is crouched
behind a chair

SMACK! my wife
in the small of the back
POW! its a gut shot
for me

their footsteps retreat
beating time quick

(it will take more than that
to keep my down) hide,
HiDE hiDE, they saw the look
in my eye & they
run

the radio croons a song,
night comes in through the window,
the dodge ball is in my hand,
but wont stay that way for long

& tonight we will sleep
like the dead, for having lived
a bit more furious, in peace
thicker than a winter's quilt.

Wrote this after a mad game of dodge ball around the house last night.

67 comments:

Grace said...

Looks like a fun time with the family Brian ~ Living life a bit more furious (and passion) looks good to me ~

Happy Sunday ~

A Cuban In London said...

Cor, that looked fun, mate! I loved the energy of your poem. It makes my return from my cyber-holiday all the more enjoyable.

Greetings from Lonon.

annell said...

Why do I think of "Beasts of the Southern Wild?" Something about living a bit more furious! Nicely done, and I like the way "night came in through the window."

Green Speck said...

A fun game I guess :-)

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

The imagery you created in your poem is amazing. I love the photograph too. Blessings!

Daniel said...

Dodge ball in the house, and you had permission? Neat-o.

Claudia said...

nice! sounds like great fun - love the closure with having lived a bit more furious and the peace thicker than a winter's quilt...it's always the extremes that seem to add so much quality to life

Gail said...

Your words are filled with the magic of family

CiCi said...

That sounds like so much fun. Your family fun is every day normal for you. I admire your family tremendously.

dsnake1 said...

:)

quality time!

DJan said...

Very physical family time, Brian! Sounds intense. :-)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Your posts really have a way of making me harken back to the funnest of times. This reminded me of all the roughhousing I used to do as a youngter. Fun times. Hope your Sunday is wonderful my good friend.

kaykuala said...

One can see the beauty of games involving the family! Keeps the family together! Nicely Brian!

Hank

farawayinthesunshine said...

Fun times...I see your week-end is awesome memories in the making...the way every week-end should be...:-)

Myrna R. said...

Isn't it great to be "grown up" enough to play dodge ball in the house with your kids? Sleep well always.

Lorraine said...

I never know what you'll end up with..chucles ;)

SueAnn Lommler said...

What a fun read!! POW!! Loved the energy!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Jenny said...

When I started read I thought OH, NO...It is a great to have some family fun and be energetic too...I miss those days...have a great weekend, Brian

^.^ said...

I don't get this one ... at all, B ... read all comments ... still don't get it ... o,well ... :)

Mama Zen said...

This sounds like a blast!

manicddaily said...

Ha! Very funny! Very funny. k.

Sue said...

Through the years, my husband and kids have liked nothing better than to run around the house, yard, or pool pegging each other with anything that holds air.

(I, on the other hand, not so much)

Your wife is a better sport than I am...

=)

Mary said...

Fun times make great memories. Enjoyed this fun poem.

Fireblossom said...

The family that's violent together, stays together! or something. Actually, this was fun, Brian. And I bet you all did sleep well.

ND Mitchell said...

Sounds like fun :-)

Alexandra said...

"...thicker than a winter's quilt"

This line just melted me...Another brilliant writing. Keep it up, Brian!

Frank Watson said...

Vivid memory, contrasting images--I like the detail here, it helps visualize the scene well. I spent many hours in the bookstore as well (still do, almost every day :P)

izzy said...

Love the last two verses! AND watch out if you throw a dodge ball my way!!!

Betsy Brock said...

Ah, fun...ball in the house is tons more fun than ball outside! No broken lamps or bones? lol....When my five men would do that I was always calling out, "If anyone gashes their head open by falling into the corner of a piece of furniture, you are all in trouble!" haha.

PattiKen said...

Sounds like one of the old Batman shows on TV. Bam! Pow! Holy dodge ball, Batman!

Leovi said...

It is a nice composition, I like this poem.

Alice Audrey said...

I thought at first it was paint ball. I've never played dodge ball in a house before.

Mark said...

Dodge ball in a house sounds dangerous for all involved, including the house.

hedgewitch said...

Okay, I was a bit antsy initially, because this would have been devastating had it not taken a sharp turn into playful malarkey, my favorite kind. We have the most fun when we can just act like the primates we are.

Wander said...

I like...I very much like!

Laurie Kolp said...

Sounds like so much fun... and I love the extra special ending. A day of activity definitely helps with sleep. Hope you're having a good day, Brian.

P.S. The picture is amazing.

Nara Malone said...

Such fun. I could feel those racing hearst in your "HiDE hiDE".

Victoria said...

I am smiling...ear-to-ear. I love your stories of your family. I wish every child had such a warm childhood!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

LOL! You paint a wonderful "moving picture!"

Lolamouse said...

Took me a bit to figure out what the heck you were writing about! Glad it was dodgeball (although I always HATED that game at school.)

Anders Woje Ellingsen said...

Fantastic. Your sons will develop a very special relation to God, The Father.

Vicki Lane said...

I imagine your family game with big cartoon balloon, a la the old tv Batman - WHACK!! SMACK! -- and I loved yesteday's poem about the scent of the aftershave triggering memories of your grandfather.

Pat Hatt said...

haha now there is an idea for ones pad
Sure lots of fun was had
Never played in the house before
The house would sure suffer though as you search, hit and explore haha

Susan said...

WoW! Never too old or too young to make that family quilt for a very deep and smiling sleep. Great poem!

Cloudia said...

Furious, curious, playful,

all grist for the family mill
turning us into useful nourishers. . .




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Tara MIller said...

Dodge ball was a nice break from Blind Man's Bluff! I love our family games in the evening but I don't think anything wears them down much....

Gloria said...

Love this so much and Im happy you enjoyef your time with your family; and now sleep well;) blessings!

R. Burnett Baker said...

This made me a child again. At least for an instant!

Celestial Dreamz said...

Hi Brian how are you? Good to read about your funfilled moment ... a happy new year to you and your family. :)

Anne said...

Those are the best of times aren't they. And the most important thing you do with your life.

RMP said...

I'm sure you'll all rest quite well after such a fun filled game. hopefully no one will wake to a dodgeball in the face.

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"& tonight we will sleep
like the dead, for having lived
a bit more furious, in peace
thicker than a winter's quilt."


Hi! Brian...
"Wrote this after a mad game of dodge ball around the house last night."
Thanks for sharing the photograph Of The Old Mill Stone...too!
deedee :)

Jen said...

You played dodgeball inside the house? You're brave.

Hilary said...

I'll bet your kids will remember this even more fondly than you do.

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Wow, I miss that action. Me? I fell on my back last night... all by myself! No excuse for that... You are a great dad. THanks for stopping by my blog! Peace, Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/01/13/the-journey-trifecta/

Fred Rutherford said...

that's fun. love the family games. you know, reading this I knew there'd be a twist, and a part of me was wishing I didn't know you were a good person, because the game was masked quite well, thinking all were getting hell. Great piece. Thanks

my heart's love songs said...

sounds like fun!

have a great week, Bri!

Valerie said...

... in peace
thicker than a winter's quilt.

Loved that, Brian. That and 'night came in the window' ... brilliant expressions.

Dave King said...

Which was the most fun, I wonder, the playing or the writing?

The latter's fun enough for me!

ayala said...

A great capture of life :) love it.

★ Braja Sorensen said...

filmed as it actually happened :)

adeeyoyo said...

It is wonderful to play hard and collapse exhausted at the end of the day - totally spent!

Helen said...

... wishing my mother had let us play dodge ball indoors!

mywordwall said...

I love your family-fun inspired poems. How precious these moments are for you and your children, especially.

Margaret said...

...thicker than a winter's quilt. NICE!

Goofball said...

I was confused why you were throwing snow balls inside the house

ok, so dodge ball. I must be semi frozen her to have snow on my mind first

Syd said...

You have a great family to have such fun, rather than TV and videogames. Doing it right, my friend.